FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her Welsh counterpart Carwyn Jones have sent a join letter to Theresa May urging the Prime Minister to ‘work with the devolved nations, not against us’ in the Brexit negotiations.
The letter, signed by both leaders, states that Westminster and the devolved governments “have much work to do to ensure stability and continuity can be achieved on exit day.”
It also makes clear that the UK Government’s approach to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill is hindering the “essential cooperation and coordination” needed.
The Scottish and Welsh governments are seeking amendments to the Bill in order to make it suitable to put before their respective parliaments.
— Mark Drakeford (@fmwales) September 19, 2017
Meanwhile, Boris Johnson has dismissed suggestions he might resign as Foreign Secretary and denied the Cabinet is split over Brexit, insisting: “We are a nest of singing birds.”
He spoke out amid reports he might quit over differences with Theresa May about the kind of Brexit deal the UK should strike.
His comments came after days of speculation about rifts at the top of government sparked by the publication of his personal blueprint for Brexit in the Daily Telegraph at the weekend.
The Foreign Secretary spoke to TV cameras in New York after bumping into them at a hotel lift as he returned from a jog.
Asked if there was a Cabinet split on Europe, Mr Johnson said: “No, we are a Government working together. We are a nest of singing birds.”
And asked directly if he would resign, he replied: “No.”
Mr Johnson said: “We are working together, that is the key thing, to make sure that Britain can take advantage of the opportunities of Brexit.”
Mr Johnson is due to see the Prime Minister for the first time since his Telegraph article as the pair attend the United Nations General Assembly.
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